Re: The Future of Software

Dwayne (
Mon, 5 Jan 1998 20:45:29 +1100 (EST)


> There will be many, many choices for software developers. And for those
> who write software to make money, it will be extremely competitive, and
> people will come up with many devious and clever strategies to make their
> money. And some of those strategies will include allowing complete
> strangers to modify their software at will, to let their software go,
> with the hope that many others will find it worth their time to make the
> software more valuable and eventually cash in on their added value.

This would also promote innovation, as the person who wrote the
ground-breaking software in any particular niche would make money from
continued improvements for a long time to come. Tim Berners-Lee would
really get into this idea, I suppose. I suppose patent law would figure
strongly in such a system